Endless, Endless Revision

Only have to get through 10,000 words today. But today has been the Slaughter of the Trite, and though I started at 7 AM, I have ripped out so many words and deleted so much stuff that even with squeezing in and writing a ton of new pages, I’m at -875 words for the day, and still a whole 805 words short of having edited a my full 10,000.

I’m dragging. Revision is a marathon, always, and I knew this going in. And at least the migraines were gone today, but I’ve definitely hit the wall. Book may not end up at 80,000 words after all. Which is fine. I’ll take 60,000 great words over 80,000 that are full of the stuff I killed today anytime.

But, there’s still a long way to the end of this, and God am I tired.

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About the author: Novelist, writing teacher, on a mission to reprint my out-of-print books and self-publish my new ones.

3 comments… add one
  • TimK Mar 14, 2008 @ 0:19

    I know it’s a pain, Holly. But thank you so much for going through it. I can’t wait to read what you come up with!

    Sincerely,
    -TimK

  • Susan Mar 13, 2008 @ 20:01

    I must be crazy–I read these kinds of posts and for some reason only want to write *more*, rather than to run away and stick with my lovely safe day job.

    Good luck and I can’t wait to see the final result!

  • PolarBear Mar 13, 2008 @ 18:15

    Glad you’re feeling better. Sorry about the minus word count but glad to read about the Slaughter of the Trite.

    Hang in there. You’ll get it done. And you’ll get it done right.

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